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Yemen on the brink

COVID-19 has gripped a country already suffering under years of airstrikes, but a lack of testing makes it impossible to know the true picture of the spread of the virus.

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Delivering lasting impact

The IRC helps people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

We serve

people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters

We work

in countries where people don’t have the support they need to recover from crisis

We respond

within 72 hours, staying to help countries stabilize and people rebuild their lives

We resettle

refugees in the United States, whilst using our expertise to advocate for Europe to do more

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Why the IRC

[The IRC] has served the world for generations. I am a proud supporter of this splendid, hard-working, efficient, beautiful organisation—and I hope that you will join me.

Meryl Streep

Rescue stories

  • My ultimate goal? To secure my kids’ future, let them live well and make them happy. Having my own business makes me feel free and happy, like I am an effective member of society."
    Tarek fled Syria in 2012. He started his own hairdressing salon in Jordan to support his family.
  • It is so important that I form relationships with the women I work for. Now many of them don’t just come to me for treatment, they also come to share their concerns and thoughts with me, because they feel safe."
    Kaniz has been working as an IRC midwife in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh for a year where there are almost one million refugees living in camps.
  • The disease is traumatising. I was shaken physically and psychologically. When you go back [to the community], they fear you. I decided to educate others. Since I was rescued, I need to rescue others."
    Mbusa contracted Ebola after visiting his brother in Nyakato in Democratic Republic of Congo. Since surviving the disease, he's now on a mission to spread the truth.